Bay Area pond drained after avian cholera outbreak

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are draining a pond in Redwood Shores after an avian cholera outbreak killed 185 ducks in one week.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/Kc6SWQ ) that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Friday that the disease is not a threat to humans.

Officials say the cholera outbreak likely came from birds in the east San Francisco Bay area, where an outbreak was reported at a park in Hayward.

The man-made pond will be drained for a couple of months or longer to kill the bacteria.

The pond is a favorite spot for bird watchers because it draws a wide array of waterfowl and shorebirds.

Fish and wildlife officials are asking the public to report and other dead birds in the area.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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